What to do and what not to do if you want to throw an unforgettable hen event
Your best friend’s getting married and she’s asked you to organise her hen party. If you’re worrying about what to do, don’t panic – we’ve put together a list of what to consider so everyone has a brilliant time.
Get Bridal Approval
There are so many different ways you can celebrate a hen night, from the ridiculously raucous to the elegantly refined and everything in between. You’ll want to be sure that your bride will enjoy doing what you’ve planned. Set aside some time to have a chat with her to see what ideas she has and decide on a theme.
Don’t be afraid to delegate. The last thing you want to do is feel resentful because you’ve had to do everything yourself. Make a list of tasks you can pass on to others and then recruit a few willing helpers to lighten the load.
Agree on A Budget
It’s worth checking in advance that everyone can afford what you’ve got planned to avoid any embarrassment on the day.
Send out a preliminary plan to all the invitees with costs and ask for private feedback to make it easier for someone to say they have a problem. When people know how much they’re expected to pay, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises when the bill comes.
At the same time, ask whether anyone has an issue with any of the planned activities, especially if you’re planning on something a little more adventurous.
A little bit of advance warning will guarantee that everyone is looking forward to the event.
Spreadsheets Are Your Friend!
Hen party planning is so much easier if you have a spreadsheet to keep track of how your plans are progressing, so you can chase up people and make sure you’ve booked everything you need.
Stay In Touch
Group chats on WhatsApp or Facebook are a good way to make sure that all the invitees know what’s going on. What’s more, everyone has a chance to get to know each other a little beforehand.
Get Everyone to The Party
The simplest way to deal with transport is to book a vehicle(s) that can take all of you. Make sure you let the cab firm know that it’s for a hen do, just in case they have an issue.
If you have hens coming from further afield, ask whether they need help.
Remember to Break The Ice
Party games are a fantastic way to break the ice and get everyone in the party mood. Classics such as Never Have I Ever or Truth or Dare are always fun, and you can always search online for ideas.
It’s Not Your Party!
This is your friend’s party, so the guest list should revolve around her, not you. Check if there’s anyone she definitely wants (or doesn’t want) and don’t fill up any empty places with your friends.
Her guest list will also help you decide on the tone for the night. If she wants all her relatives, she probably doesn’t want anything too raunchy.
Don’t Forget the Camera
Pictures last a lifetime, so remember to designate someone as the photographer so you have plenty of images of the night. You might even want to buy everyone a disposable camera so that everyone has a chance to capture the moment.
Don’t Forget the Party Bags
It’s the little touches that elevate a party into something special. Make sure you buy party favours for everyone. These don’t have to be expensive – bubbles and water pistols always make people smile and you can pick them up for next to nothing.
Don’t Forget the Element Of Surprise
Yes, I know we said earlier to check with the bride what she wants to do, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a few surprises over the night. Whether it’s a fancy dress theme where you provide her costume or how you decorate the venue, some extra surprises show the bride how much you care.
Don’t Leave Everything to The Last Minute
Make all your reservations in advance. It’ll cut back on your stress levels. What’s more, if you’re working with a large group, many places need notice to cater for more people.
Tell your hens when you need them to confirm their place and when you need money. Some people may need a bit of time to get the money together.
Follow our advice and hen party planning becomes a breeze! We have a number of hen party packages tailored to a wide range of interests, so if you need help with your hen event, get in touch with us. We’ll be more than happy to help.